I’m not a big fan of being “new” at things. I’d much prefer to just go ahead and wake up daily as an expert in my chosen field. Unfortunately, life just doesn’t work that way – our brains don’t magically download software at night.
I’ve been a newbie blogger for about five months now, taking baby steps each week or so toward being “legit,” with actual subscribers and such. Subscribers who aren’t married to me. Or share DNA. (Although I appreciate them SO much for always commenting and being supportive of my new hobby. I’m talking to YOU, Aunt Jan!)
As a total n00b, you can imagine my surprise when The Motherhood, as part of a partnership with Wendy’s, contacted me with a fun opportunity to meet and eat with some Kansas City area bloggers and offer a nifty giveaway to my readers.
The Motherhood – sounds a bit ominous, yes? I was relieved after doing some research to find out that there would be no midnight kidnappings, hazing, or secret rendezvous in underground caves. Instead, I found a great network of moms and a forum where we can discuss all manner of issues pertinent to our full-time, joyful and sometimes difficult calling.
Anyway, the plan was to get a few of us together at Wendy’s for a picnic and an opportunity to try the new Berry Almond Chicken Salad. This sounds great in theory, but as you might have noticed, the weather ’round these parts has been rather craptastic.
But meet we did, and decided that with the gloomy drizzle outside that we’d park our picnicking butts right there in the Wendy’s dining room.
Armed with strollers, huge carryall bags, and a small army of children, Kristen of Dine and Dish, Molly of A Day in Mollywood, Jenn of Super Jenn, Candy of Mommypalooza, Erin from Fit Mama Training and I drew curious stares from fellow diners as we proceeded to whip out our cameras and document every moment of the gathering.
Now, I’m used to being the people watcher, not the people being watched, so I’m not going to lie, it felt a little awkward at first. I felt the curious stares and was tempted to turn around and be all ”What? You don’t photograph your food before you eat it?” but as the veteran bloggers all seemed quite comfortable with the creative process, I followed suit and proceeded to snap away at my bowl of warm grilled chicken, fresh blueberries and strawberries, and shaved asiago over crisp greens.
Monkey was not thrilled with the foodie photo shoot, so I kept handing him pieces of my salad here and there while I visited and photographed the event. By the time I was all set to sit and eat, I was left with two pieces of chicken, a slice of strawberry, a stray blueberry, some crunchy almonds and of course, the greens.
I scarfed down what I could before he could mooch any more, and I’ll admit, although I’m normally looking for something with lots of bacon and gobs of cheese on it when I go to Wendy’s, I found that the combination of fruit and greens, covered in a fat-free raspberry vinaigrette was quite tasty.
The fruit was fresh, not squishy, and there was a variety of greens instead of just some random romaine or, gasp, iceberg lettuce lining a plate. Paired with a cup of Wild Berry Tea, it was a nice summery lunch. (Did you see that, dear Mother Nature? S-U-M-M-E-R. Apparently, you did not get the memo.)
So, here’s the fun part for you – we’re going to play the picnic game and give away a Wendy’s gift card worth $25.
To enter, leave a comment with what you’d bring to a picnic, beginning with the letter “A” for the first comment, with each new comment continuing with the next letter on through the alphabet. If we end up past “Z” (oh, and please don’t bring any zealots to the picnic, they spoil everything), just start over with “A” again.
If you’d like an extra chance to win:
Tweet this message: I just entered to win a $25 Wendy’s gift card from @Mama_Mash and @Wendys! http://wp.me/p1gFWz-gs
Become a fan of mamamash on Facebook.
Be sure to come back and comment again to let me know you did. (And bring something else to the picnic!)
The winner will be chosen via Random.org. Entries must be received by midnight CST on Tuesday, June 7th 2011. The winner will be contacted by email on June 8th and have 48 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be chosen.
Wendy’s and The Motherhood provided me and my family with a picnic package and lunch and is providing the gift card for the giveaway. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.